My Top 10 Most Loved Essential Oils + Easy Ways to Use Them

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In my home, we go through a lot of essential oils.  On any given day oils are a part of my morning routine, sometimes my lunch, my afternoon pick-me-up, post-workout self-care, my jewelry (aromatherapy), and more.  Here are my current favorites and some easy ways to incorporate them into your life.

  1. Lavender – a member of the mint family, it is my most favorite scent and I add a few drops to massage oil, to unscented face and body lotion, diffuse it to create calmness and promote happiness, apply to scars/burns, and put a few drops on my wool dryer balls to lightly scent my laundry.
  2. Peppermint – Ah, the most refreshing oil of all…I use this anytime I feel nauseated or have an upset tummy, diffuse it alone or with other oils such as lavender or R.C. to energize me, rub a drop between my hands and inhale to open sinuses and bronchi, and add a drop to a smoothie to make it a peppermint “shake.”
  3. Frankincense – is an essential part of my skin care routine and I wear it as perfume, diffuse it, and add it to my diffuser necklace or bracelet.
  4. Lemon – is amazing in tea, added to tuna salad, pasta, and it’s scent is so uplifting and joyful.
  5. Oregano – I like to put a couple of drops in empty gel capsules and take this as an immunity booster before bed and I find it very comforting.
  6. Tea Tree – I apply this to my feet and any little skin issue.
  7. Lime – I just can’t get over how a couple drops of lime e.o. will transform regular salsa, guacamole, or other recipes into something so fantastic that words do not adequately describe the pleasure.
  8. R.C. – I rub a drop between my hands and apply to my throat and chest when I’m congested, I diffuse this next to my bed anytime I feel a scratchy throat or sinus thing coming on, and I add this to bathwater to make it feel like my own private spa.
  9. Copaiba – this little baby is like having a secret weapon to improved wellness and I like to take it internally in capsules.
  10. Thieves – I saved one of the very best for last – I take this internally by adding a drop or two to homemade capsules, by adding a drop to oatmeal, or one drop to a spoonful of raw honey, diffuse it for a warm, spicy, comforting scent,  and I clean my entire house with Thieves Household Cleaner because it’s a powerful cleaning product without the toxic chemicals.

Finding new ways to improve life and make the ordinary into something special is such a great feeling.  Adding essential oils into my daily life has brought me so much joy, purpose, and abundance.  I am loving this oily journey and I hope I’ve inspired you to try something new?  From here, the sky is the limit!

Warm regards,

Anna

P.S.  Most of these oils come in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit in case you’re looking for an easy way to get started.

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Fresh Tomato Salsa With Lime Essential Oil

limeoilsalsaingredsDid you know that salsa far outsells ketchup at the grocery store these days?  I think that’s a good sign about where American tastes are heading.  Specifically, we’re heading towards a more sophisticated palate that enjoys bright and zingy flavors like tomatoes with citrus.

I as write, summer is winding down and we’ve got vine-ripened, juicy tomatoes coming out of our ears here in Ohio.  For this, I am thankful.  I like to mentally divide the year into seasons based on what fruits and veggies are fresh and at the peak of ripeness.  To me, the end of summer is tomato season.  The rest of the year there’s not much point in bothering with the overpriced hothouse supermarket varieties.  They just can’t compare to the complexity and flavor profiles of a fresh, just off the vine, sweet homegrown tomato.  Thanks to our CSA (community supported agriculture) share and a good friend with an amazing garden, we’ve got lots to enjoy.  Thankfully, salsa is a quick and easy way to use the bounty and eat healthy (mostly-except for those tortilla chips I love so much).

Why would you want to use Lime Essential Oil in your fresh salsa, you might ask?  Well, if you are anything like me, I buy a bag of limes, use one, and the rest rot in the fridge drawer.  Then, later when I go to make something that would be delicious with lime juice or zest, like a marinade, I realize I just threw out that bag of limes I let rot.  (I really am trying not to be so wasteful these days.)  The citrus and herb essential oils have really helped me waste less food and throw away less hard-earned money.  Not only does having the Lime Essential Oil on hand make good financial sense, it is a refreshing dietary supplement high in D-Limonene, which helps support a healthy lifestyle.  Click here for more information about D-Limonene.

In years past I’ve had a garden and canned my own produce, salsa included, but this recipe is best eaten fresh, kept refrigerated, and used within 3 days (if it even lasts that long).  The old standby of tortilla chips is a classic, but, if you’re feeling more adventurous you might try making homemade oven-baked zucchini chips (by just thinly slicing zucchini, preferably with a mandolin slicer, placing on a lightly oiled baking sheet/Silpat/parchment paper, misting with oil, salt & pepper, and bake either low & slow at 225 degrees F. for about an hour, or try 425 degrees F. for about 15 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time.

Other awesome ways we use fresh salsa at my house:

  • As a fat free salad dressing, especially with chicken or taco meat (or cumin & garlic seasoned, roasted veggies)
  • On eggs, sometimes on omelettes, or breakfast tostadas with avocado and beans, but on any style of eggs it works!
  • Mix it into cooked rice along with a can of black beans for instant rice and beans
  • Top grilled veggies like eggplant, zucchini, or roasted spaghetti squash
  • Anything that even remotely resembles a taco, fajita, enchilada, or tamale gets a big dollop of salsa around here

Lime Vitality Essential Oil, other possible uses:

  • Add 1 or 2 drops to homemade or purchased guacamole (or purchased salsa)
  • Add 2 or 3 drops to cooked rice along with chopped cilantro, a minced garlic clove, and a bit of olive oil (it’s better than Chipotle’s lime-cilantro rice)
  • Add 1 to 3 drops to a pitcher of margaritas or other beverage that uses lime or citrus
  • Add a drop to your glass of water to add something special
  • Use a 1-3 drops in a marinade for chicken, veggies, tofu, or fish – especially good with cumin and garlic or in Asian inspired marinades

Here’s a very quick and easy tomato salsa recipe that you can adjust as you wish without worry.  I like it chunky, so sometimes I chop by hand, but if you want it smoother, use your food processor, blender, or Nutri-Bullet.  (You may need to process it in batches depending on how large your appliance is.)  This photo is a batch made in my food processor*.  (*This is the best food processor available according to me and the folks at America’s Test Kitchen. Mine was a gift from my amazing husband who took the time to research every model before buying only the best, bless him.)

 

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Fresh Tomato Salsa With Lime Essential Oil

Makes about 4 cups or enough for 2 pint jars (which is enough to eat some and share some).

Ingredients

  • 3 Large, vine-ripe tomatoes, diced small (seeded, if you wish)
  • 1 Medium white onion, diced very small (white onions are so delicious fresh and will give your salsa that authentic Mexican flavor, but you can use another variety if that’s what you’ve got on hand)
  • 1 Jalapeno or serrano pepper, seeded and de-veined, minced (add another pepper if you like it hot)
  • 1/4 Cup fresh cilantro, rinsed, dried off, and chopped fine
  • 2 to 4 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil (taste & adjust as needed, and/or you can add a splash of fresh squeezed lime juice)
  • Kosher salt to taste

 

Instructions to Prepare

Wash the tomatoes and pepper(s) with your fruit and veggie wash.  (Click here for a link to an effective natural fruit and veggie wash).  Slice and peel onion. Chop accordingly and mix everything in a non-reactive (so, not aluminum, use glass or ceramic) bowl.  I like to prepare this first and let it rest (marinate together) as I prepare whatever else we’re having.  Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.  Share a jar with your neighbor.  Use within 3 days for best flavor.  If you have a food processor, it’s easy to double this recipe and whip up a batch in 10 minutes or less.

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